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Charly

Cliff Robertson , Claire Bloom , Ralph Nelson    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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From The Classic Daniel Keyes Novel Flowers For Algernon Comes This "Moving" (Boxoffice) And Unforgettable Adaptation. Featuring An Academy Awardâ(R)-Winning* Performance By Cliff Robertson And A "Shrewd, Talented" Score (Variety) By Ravi Shankar, This Timeless Tearjerker Is "Definitely One To See" (Cue). When A Mentally Retarded Man Named Charly (Robertson) Undergoes Experimental Brain Surgery, He Is Miraculously Freed From The Prison Of His Own Mind. As His Iq Soars To Genius Proportions, Charly'S Eyes Are Opened To A World He'S Never Truly Seen. But When The Effects Of His Operation Inexplicably Begin To Fade, Charly Must Find A Way To Halt His Regression Before His Own Mind Destroys His Life, His Newfound Romance And The Man He'S Become. *1968: Actor

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It was a great movie even thought it didn't follow the book that good. I think that Cliff Robertson did a very good job at it, but it was funny when Charlie fell in love Mrs. Kinnian because he kinda attacked her. The motor cycle part wasn't in the book and Dr. Strauss wasn't a man in the Movie but Dr. Strauss was a man in the book. Whoever said that the movie was awful stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I recommend that people of all ages should read the book and watch the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"Charly" is based on Daniel Keyes's short story turned into a novel "Flowers for Algernon." The story was about Charly Gordon, a man who, in the parlance of the time, was mentally retarded. As part of a scientific experiment he is given a drug that turns him into a genius. The Algernon of the title is a lab rat who was the first guinea pig for this treatment. However, the treatment proves to be only temporary. Both versions of Keyes's story were done as diary entries, which provided a graphic indication of how Charly is changing.
The 1968 movie version, of course, opens up the story and gets away from the first-person perspective that made "Flowers for Algernon" so compelling. To add insult to injury, there is now a romance between Charly with a character named Alice Kinian (Claire Bloom). Of course, this changes the whole dynamic of the film, at the cost of the poignancy of Charly's relationship with Algernon. As the title character Cliff Robertson won the Oscar and clearly the problem is not with his performance but rather with Stirling Silliphant's screenplay. Still, to be fair, any film adaptation of the fragile original story was going to lose what made it so great.
Consequently, this is one of those films that you will enjoy more if you have not read "Flowers for Algernon." Of course, if you have not read either the short story or the novel, you should. At least this was an intelligence "science fiction" film for its day, certainly a more human story than other films of that era, such as "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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By Mad Dog
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Remember a piece of sentimental dreck called "Powder" (an "uplifting" nineties movie) about a kid who attracted lighting, was a genius, and loved animals? How about that John Travolta flick about a man who has a tumor that makes him smart (another "uplifting" nineties movie)? Naturally both (the characters, not the actors unfortunately) are hounded to tragic (but upliftingly-tragic, not sad-tragic) endings by the mob of intolerant villagers afraid of their "special powers".
Of course that was a few years ago. Now we have the new-age touchy-feely let's-get-spiritual nonsense of "K-Pax" to keep us home on a Friday night. Ah, the evolution of American Film.
Well it's (...) like this, that makes me really appreciate Charly for the gem that it is.
Like any good Welshman, director Ralph Nelson (Lilies Of The Field, Soldier Blue) will never use three words when ten will do. I don't know for sure that he's Welsh (in fact I'm alnost certain he isn't), but he certainly has something to say.
In a nutshell: mentally retarded man gets IQ boosting operation, only to realize the fix isn't permanent.
"Charly" is part of that golden era of "legitimate" Science Fiction: films where ideas and intelligence were still important and dramatization was still taken seriously. It makes a good book-end to "Colossus: The Forbin Project" and "The Andromeda Strain", and it asks if ethical/moral/social responsibility can keep pace with technology (this is something to think about, now that scientists are busy patenting our genes for their own commercial gain).
Daniel Keyes original short story was evolved into a teleplay, then a novel (1966) and then this feature (1968). Keyes had several years and many drafts to get the book right.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unintentionally comedic. Oct. 9 2001
By Alex
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"Charly" is unfairly dramatized. Now, I undestand that the original is subtle and challenging stuff to film, but excuses do not make a good movie. When I go to see a film version of Keyes' masterpiece "Flowers for Algernon," I'm not really expecting a ludicrous romance armed with several barbs directed at intellectualism and pop-culture.
"Flowers for Algernon" was about a mentally challenged man's exponential mental development after a surgical procedure, followed by his tragic decline. "Charly" is about a mentally challenged man's transformation into a suit-and-tie kinda guy, at which point his libido awakens and he strikes up an absurd relationship with his tutor. Then we get a minute's worth of footage of Charly growing forgetful and irritable, and then - bam! - he is again frolicking around with an IQ of 68, happy as a clam. Not only does this film provide us with a happy ending - it's the WRONG happy ending: read the book and you'll find a much better one at the end.
Of course, "Charly" isn't entirely bad. It just seems that way. Cliff Robertson's outstanding performance as the title character buoys the score a little. It also allow him to keep a straight face during an unintentionally comical scene in which a panel of scientists ask him existential questions and he gives snappy answers ("Standard of living?" "A TV in every room." "Education?" "A TV IN EVERY ROOM!") The scenes in which Charly goes through biker and disco dancer phases are also hilarious.
Seriously, though, the entire film creates an impression of wrongness and inappropriacy. Charly acts in realistic, sufficiently childlike ways, but the viewer never gains insight into his inner workings. The film is a character study narrated by minor and totally undeveloped characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a classic!
The book was required reading in high school English class, still remember the name Algernon. This movie, like so many others, deviates from the book, however, it is very well... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2011 by HH
5.0 out of 5 stars Charly DVD
Very realistic. Be prepared for a tragic ending after a hopeful development.
Acting is of the highest quality.
Very realistic portraying of a medical impossibility. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2011 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars tee riffic!!!! :)
i have not seen the movie but i am reading the book and it is a terrific story. i have a dog named charlie so my dad recommended the book to me, so i am already rating it 5 stars!
Published on June 12 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars A psychedelic adaptation of Flowers for Algernon
I found both the short story, "Flowers for Algernon," and this film adaptation of it to be moving; but the experimental cinematography and somewhat immature storytelling... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by Ecnal Yeldnil
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!!!!
This movie is absolutely awful.I hope no one has to go through the terrible experience of watching it.The acting is bad and the book itself is boring. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002 by "foulowl"
4.0 out of 5 stars Rushed and Confused but Beautiful
unfortunately this film tries to push the whole wonderful story 'Flowers For Algernon' into a way too short film. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Mr. B. R. Good
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I read the book Flowers for Algernon and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was disappointed when I watched the movie and discovered that it was so bad. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2002 by C. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Skillful science fiction drama.
One interesting aspect of CHARLY is that, altho it was based on a Hugo-winning story from a science fiction magazine, there was nothing in the advertising to suggest that it is SF. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by Marc Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars SCREEN ADAPTATION of FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
It's rare that I am touched by a book and film equally. This is one such instance.
PLUS...CHARLY is cinematic genius, in my opinion. 1968 was a unique time for film. Read more
Published on April 23 2002 by Sandi Strehlau
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film of a classic book.
Someday I'd like to film a version closer to what Daniel Keys really wrote, but for now I'll watch Cliff's any day. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Seymour
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